Former Contra Costa DA candidate acquitted of swindling millionaire inventor

PITTSBURG — After a three-week trial, a Danville lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for district attorney and her co-defendant were found not guilty of swindling an eccentric millionaire out of more than $100,000.

Elham Falahat, who ran for Contra Costa County district attorney in 2010, and her co-defendant Hamid Ben Maghsoudi were acquitted of grand theft by a county jury on Aug. 2. Filed in 2016, the charges accused the pair of taking advantage of a senile man named Andrew Gabor, who became a millionaire after his daisy wheel printer system invention was picked up by Xerox in the 1970s.

The case hinged on Gabor’s mental state when he paid tens

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